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Join Us For Online Worship On Sunday!

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St. Philippians and Friends, Even though we "broke the Internet" last Sunday when we, along with members of other churches across the country, went online in droves to worship, we are going to give the same streaming platform another shot this Sunday, the Fifth Sunday in Lent! Here is a link to the stream, which will begin a few minutes before 10:30 a.m. with the prelud...

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Do You Have Needs? Or Would You Like To Help Those Who Do?

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St. Philip’s is assembling a response team for our church members while we are all experiencing the challenges of COVID-19. This is a united effort of the Compassion Committee, the Home Missions Team, the Disaster Relief Committee, and our clergy. We are here to help each other!...

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When the Church Broke the Internet

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We dotted all our I's and crossed all our T's; we had every hair in place and all our ducks in a row, but we weren't prepared ... for breaking the Internet! Thanks to everyone who joined us for worship on Sunday! Even though the service didn't come to your living room in quite the mode we were expecting, you were unfazed, and most of us were able to worship together jus...

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Join Us For Online Worship On Sunday!

News--St. Philips

St. Philippians, we are pleased to announce that we are all set for online worship on Sunday, March 22, at 10:30 a.m.! Here are a few things to note: 1. The service will remain available online after the stream is over. This means that should you miss the service for any reason, you will still be able to watch later. 2. A service bulletin is available for you to view or ...

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St. David Choir Marks 21st Consecutive Year of Singing for the St. David Society

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Last Thursday, March 5, our St. David Choir, which is composed of mixed voices 7th-grade and above, sang the Welsh national anthem and other Welsh pieces at a banquet for the St. David Society at the Carolina Yacht Club for the 21st consecutive year, the 13th with director Jolene Hethcox. Along with the rest of St. Philip’s children’s choirs, this dedicated group will ...

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Tea Room Volunteer Sign-Up is Open

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The annual St. Philip’s Tea Room is an opportunity for the entire parish to come together as one to help raise money for our important ministries. Volunteer forms were mailed last week, and online sign-up is also available! Whether you crave customer interaction or you prefer working behind the scenes, there are plenty of jobs that will be right up your alley. If you’r...

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New Donation and Volunteer Opportunities at Tricounty Family Ministries

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Tricounty Family Ministries has new needs and opportunities for you to serve! 1. Healthy Breakfast Food ItemsWe receive donations of many pastries and baked goods that we share at our continental breakfast each morning. But many of our clients are diabetic or have other health issues that prevent them from enjoying these treats. We are in need of healthier breakfast ite...

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New Offering for Grandparents

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Grandparents, are you ready to be encouraged and equipped to influence your grandchildren spiritually? To make them disciples of Jesus Christ and to get to know other grandparents who are doing the same thing for their own grandchildren? Join us on Thursdays following the Rector’s Bible Study as we pray and gather in small groups, using the Legacy Coalition’s guide, ...

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Have You Joined Team St. Philip's?

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From watermission.org: Inspired by the burden that millions of women and children bear every day walking an average of 3.5 miles to collect water that’s not safe, Water Mission’s “Walk for Water” raises awareness of the global water crisis and funds that save lives. On March 21, thousands will rally together in Charleston to give hope to those who lack access to sa...

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John Dickson Returns This Sunday

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The first of Australian author and speaker John Dickson’s two Sundays at St. Philip’s could not have been scheduled any better, as it coincided with a day when the children’s choirs of St. Philip’s were singing. “Kids sing” Sundays always put a few more folks in the pews, and sometimes those folks are people who have not heard very much about the Christian fait...

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(Re)Introducing Your Home Missions Team

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The Home Missions Team (formerly the Home Missions Committee) is a group of parishioners commissioned by the leadership of the parish to discern, communicate, and organize the parish’s local mission and outreach efforts. The Team leads by example and provides the congregation of St. Philip’s with opportunities to serve and minister to the people of Charleston by partne...

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Reunited: How Instagram Made a Family Whole Again

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One day in late November, a staff member discovered a crab and a giraffe left behind in the Parlor. They were siblings––we could tell by the way they bickered with each other. We tried to find their home through Instagram, but no one came forward. Some weeks later, we tried again. Still no luck. Although they were doing well with us, clearly trying to be on their best ...

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It’s a Tradition!

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For many St. Philippians––as well as neighbors and visitors who worship with us annually––Christmas Eve is the most special day of the year because of the traditions we look forward to as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas Pageant, the first of our three Christmas Eve services, is a time for the youngest members of our congreg...

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A Note from the Rev. Matthew Rivers: Thank You, St. Philip's!

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Last month, St. John’s Chapel, a mission church of our diocese, hosted “Unity in the Community,” an afternoon of BBQ, music, and fellowship that aimed to foster peace while raising funds for security in a neighborhood plagued by crime. St. Philip’s made a donation to the cause and helped promote the event, and the leadership of St. John’s was very grateful:...

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Lessons and Carols: A Team Effort

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Preparations for this year’s Lessons and Carols service, which falls annually on the Third Sunday in Advent, began months ago when Pat Gould, the St. Philip’s Choir director; Jo Hethcox, director of the Cherub, St. Nicholas, Canterbury, and St. David Choirs; and Andrea White, the St. Cecilia Choir director, began choosing the anthems their choristers would be singing t...

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Susan Yates Delivers Her Advent Message to a Packed House at ECW (Every Church Woman) Luncheon

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Just before noon on Friday, December 6, the Parish Hall was abuzz with women of St. Philip’s, their guests, and other ladies from across our diocese, all of whom had come to enjoy an elegant luncheon while listening to renowned speaker Susan Alexander Yates deliver her Advent message: “Finding Peace in a Season of Uncertainty.”...

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The Millers Welcome Their St. Philip’s Family at the Annual Advent Drop-In

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On Saturday, December 7, Church St. was a parade of festively dressed folks as St. Philippians made their way to the rectory for this year’s Advent drop-in. All the elements that we have come to expect from the past couple of years were in place: plenty of egg nog; live garland on the mantles and banisters; baked brie, meatballs, pimento cheese, and lots of other goodies...

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Ding Dong, St. Philip’s Youth Group Calling!

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The Saturday before Thanksgiving, several St. Philippian youths met up with youth minister David Gilbert and youth leader Sarah Silcox to go door-to-door downtown to collect canned goods for Tricounty Family Ministries ahead of one of its busiest weeks of the year. The kids divided themselves into small groups and headed off in all directions to begin their mission to t...

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The Trees Are Coming!

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The St. Philip’s Home Missions Committee is once again partnering with Tricounty Family Ministries to help brighten Christmas for Charleston families by collecting $25 gift cards to Walmart, Family Dollar, Big Lots, and Dollar Tree so that parents in need can have the dignity of purchasing a gift for their child. The Committee is also working with St. John’s Chapel, a ...

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Did You Miss Kanuga This Year? Program Audio is Available!

Kanuga 2019 Hoedown

If you didn’t make it to this year’s parish retreat in the mountains of North Carolina, then you didn’t get to witness the joys of that weekend, among them the laughter at Friday’s social and sing-along, the hum of conversation as the bonds of our church family strengthened over each meal, and whatever happened at the hoedown that made the Millers and O’Dells rea...

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Hospitality Ministry: Welcome to St. Philip’s!

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September 15 was a joyous day at St. Philip’s: the anthems were glorious, the sermon was rousing, the bouncy house was hopping, and the BBQ was delicious and plentiful. Rally Sunday is a day that St. Philippians look forward to every year because it marks the return of Sunday School and the Rector’s Forum after what always seems like an endless summer. But Rally Sunday...

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Rally Sunday Moved to September 15

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Because of the mandatory evacuation order and the possibility that many of our families might not be back in time for the originally scheduled Rally Sunday, we haved moved Rally Sunday to September 15....

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Blessings for the 2019-2020 School Year

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During the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, the Rev. Andrew O’Dell invited all students and teachers to come forward for a blessing before the start of the new school year....

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Follow Along on the Canterbury and St. David Choristers' European journey!

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Keep an eye on the blog for pics and updates!...

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Financial Peace University is Coming to St. Philip's!

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Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University is the class that helps you pay off debt, budget, save money, and give generously. Sit down with Tripp Hathaway and the Rev. Ryan Streett in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd and learn about debt snowballs, emergency funds, wealth-building, and more....

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Countdown to Canterbury!

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The Canterbury Choir departs for the International Children's Choir Festival in Canterbury and London on Saturday, July 20! Please pray that their travels there are trouble-free and that the words of the anthems they sing might reach the hearts of those listening and spread the Gospel of our Lord. ...

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College Fellowship Bowling Night

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On Wednesday, July 3, the Rev. Ryan Streett and seven members of his College Fellowship group each bowled perfect 300s at Ashley Lanes in West Ashley! ...

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St. Philip’s Church is on Instagram!

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St. Philip's joined the world of Instagram on July 2follow us today! https://www.instagram.com/st.philips.church/ Our first post: "St. Philip's apologizes for the temporary ice cream shortage we inadvertently caused during the second pilgrimage to Greece." St. Philip's Ministry to Children and Families and St. Philip's Youth are also on Instagram! https://www.instagr...

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Bible Studies and Fellowship for Youths in Middle and High School

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Against the Tide: Young Ladies' Bible Study A 4-week study on how to stand firm in your faith and be salt and light in your school. When: Four Tuesdays, July 9-July 30, at 5:00 p.m. Where: The Youth Room, St. Philip's Parish House Leader: Sarah Silcox Full description:Middle school and high school are tough enough. When you add your faith to this increasingly secular ...

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Welcome back, St. Philippian Missionaries and Pilgrims!

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Sam and Carol Robinson, Miles Barkley, Emmie Hershey and her son Clay, and Gerry and Suzanne McCord were in La Gonâve, Haiti, June 19-24 for St. Philip’s annual Jean Baptiste Feast Day Mission. Read about their experience in the next inSPIRE! ...

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Do You Know of Someone Who is Hospitalized or Homebound?

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If you know of a parishioner who is sick, hospitalized, homebound, or otherwise in need of pastoral care or prayer, please call the church office at (843) 722-7734. ...

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Prayers for Our Second Group of Pilgrims

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We thank God for the safe return of our first group of St. Philippian pilgrims, who journeyed in the footsteps of St. Paul May 28 through June 7. Our second group began the journey June 11 and will return June 21. Please pray for their safety as they travel and that they, too, would experience a deepening sense of God’s mission for the church....

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Volunteer Spots Open at St. John's Summer Camp

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From June 10-July 26 (8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.), St. John's Chapel, one of St. Philip's Home Missions partners, is hosting a summer camp that will help children ages 6-15 and their young adult counselors develop academic and social skills outside of a traditional classroom setting....

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A Great Debt! Who Can Pay?

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In his Easter sermon, the Rev. Jeff Miller illustrated Jesus’ gift to us with a story he’d read by Harry Allen Ironside, former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago. In the story, a young man, the son of a friend of Czar Nicholas of Russia, had been given a post as paymaster in a border fortress. A gambling problem, though, soon led him to begin taking a few rubles here a...

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Final Exam Care Packages Have Arrived!

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As early as Saturday, April 13, college students feeling the weight of upcoming final exams received some goodies in the mail to help them cope with stress and remind them that their St. Philip’s family is here at home rooting for them!...

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Rain Stays Away for 2019 Easter Egg Hunt

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As Saturday, April 13, was approaching, experts in Augusta, GA, and Charleston, SC, anxiously consulted weather reports to figure out how their events might be impacted if the rain followed through on its threat to pour down. ...

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Elizabeth's Cross: A St. Philip's Tradition

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On April 7, 2019, the day of her confirmation, Elizabeth “Betsy” Bailey became the fifth Elizabeth to wear her now 99-year-old family cross....

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